Arkadiy L. Maksimovskiy, PhD

Arkadiy L. Maksimovskiy, PhD

McLean Hospital Title
Harvard Medical School Title
  • Instructor in Psychiatry


Arkadiy L. Maksimovskiy, PhD, is a cognitive neuroscientist with a research focus on positive emotions. His goal is twofold: to find out what happens in the brain when positive affect goes awry, and to identify ways in which positive emotions can boost resilience towards negative events. Dr. Maksimovskiy conducts his research in the context of two seemingly opposite psychopathological conditions: addiction (over-engagement in harmful activities) and clinical depression (withdrawal from healthy activities).

Dr. Maksimovskiy is also deeply committed to undergraduate education. He regularly teaches courses at Harvard University and his pedagogical approach has been recognized with several Distinction in Teaching awards.

Education & Training

  • 2007 BA in Psychology, Cornell University
  • 2017 PhD in Human Behavioral Neuroscience, Boston University
  • 2017-Present NRSA T32 Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, McLean Imaging Center


Phone: 617.855.2672
Office Address: Belmont campus - McLean Imaging Center, Room 110